Australian Education System
AUSTRALIAN QUALIFICATION FRAMEWORK (AQF) :
Australia has an integrated nationwide system of qualifications, known as the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF), which is recognized by the Australian Government. Under this, students can move easily from one level of Study to the next and receive credit for previous Study. It brigs together the quality offered at different levels.
Courses Available at Under Graduate & Graduate level:
Awarded courses vary considerably with the higher education sector in the form of entry requirements, duration and method of assessment. The following awards are offered by Australian Universities:
- Doctoral Degree
- TAFE Certificate I, II, III & IV
- Masters Degree
- Undergraduate Diploma / Advance Diploma
- Graduate Diploma / Graduate Certificate
- Associate Diploma / AQF(Australian Quality Framework) Diploma
- Bachelors Degree
Humanities: English, Philosophy, History, Foreign, Language Studies, Communications, Psychology
Education: Education Studies, Teaching, Early Childhood, Special Education
Social Studies: Geography, Behavioural Studies, Welfare And Counseling, Spot And Recreation, Sociology
Mathematics And Computing: Mathematics And Statistics, Computer Based Information System, Computer Science
Science: Science Pharmacology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Biotechnology
Visual And Performing Arts: Art, Graphic Arts, Fashion Design, Crafts, Performing Arts, Music
Engineering: Chemical, Civil, Electrical, Electronics, Structural, Mechanical, Automotive, Aeronautical, Mining, Industrial, General Engineering, Computer, Telecommunications, Mechatronics, Polymer, Environmental
Business Administration And Law: Economics, Accounting, Commerce, Management, Administration, Marketing, Finance, HR
Health Sciences: Nursing, Nutrition, Medical science, Environmental Health, Optometry, Dentistry, Personal And Family Health Care, Pharmacy, Veterinary Science, Public Health, Physiotherapy.
Agriculture: Agriculture, Forest, Horticulture
Hospitality & Tourism: Hotel Management, Tourism Management, Commercial Cookery.
UNIVERSITY : There are 39 universities ranging in size from around 3,000 students to 50,000 students – 37 of these are government run. Australian universities offer undergraduate and postgraduate programs in traditional and modern subject areas such as innovative courses in IT, electronic business and science. Australian academics have won prestigious awards, including several Nobel Prizes, and are involved in ground-breaking research. Many students are also high achievers and have won international prizes and awards. There are many advantages to Studying in Australian universities. They give you an international education through international staff, students, curricula, agreements and research. They offer cutting-edge technology and have strong ties with research bodies and industry, allowing you to keep up to date with the latest developments.
POSTGRADUATE STUDIES :
Australia offers a wide variety of choices for postgraduate studies. The individual universities offer different strengths and capabilities, providing a diverse base of research for students. Australian universities pride themselves on a strong research base and devote considerable research facilities and state of the art equipment to their postgraduate schools.
FOUNDATION STUDIES :
Foundation studies provides students with the necessary skills to successfully complete an undergraduate course. Special streams are offered in Engineering, Business and Arts as well as a six month preparatory course in Design.
VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN AUSTRALIA (VET) :
The pride and confidence that Australia has in its VET system is the result of a long tradition in technical education, a decade of continuous reform and a national system which is truly driven by customers’ needs and the quest for quality. Vocational education and training is offered by two types of institutions: Technical and Further Education (TAFE) institutes and private training organisations such as private colleges, industry training centres and individual enterprises. These institutions offer a wide variety of training, ranging from preparatory and entry level, through operator and technician to professional levels. A broad spectrum of programs and learning opportunities are delivered with relevant up-to-date industry experience. The Australian Technical and Further Education (TAFE) college system is both Government owned and operated. There are around 110 TAFE institute & 550 private colleges in Australia. TAFE colleges specialise in training students for the workforce. TAFE graduates are in demand from both business and industry for their wide range of practical and technical skills.
Australia offers a wide variety of vocational education and training courses. Each year increasing numbers of international students are choosing the TAFE option, either as a means of training and qualifying for a highly skilled job in business, the arts, or industry, or as an alternative pathway into university degree studies. The advantages for international students choosing to undertake TAFE studies are numerous but lower fees is one of the main criteria.